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Published March 05, 2012, 07:07 PM

North Dakota Gearing up for 'Super Tuesday'

GRAND FORKS (WDAZ-TV) - Nine states including North Dakota will hold primaries and caucuses on Tuesday to decide the who they want for Republican presidential nominee.

By: David Schwab, WDAZ

GRAND FORKS (WDAZ-TV) - Nine states including North Dakota will hold primaries and caucuses on Tuesday to decide the who they want for Republican presidential nominee.

This could be the deciding day for the presidential nominee for the Republican Party.

UND Political Science professors say it has been a strange Republican presidential campaign because there have been so many different front-runners, but that could change on Tuesday.

Voters in nine states including North Dakota will go to the polls to show their support for their favorite candidates. Because so many states are involved, it's known as Super Tuesday.

"The idea is to have primaries and caucuses in various parts of the country to create a better representation of the national opinion," UND Political Science professor Mark Jendrysik said.

Jendrysik says recent visits by Republican candidates show the state's caucus is important. But he considers the more populated states like Ohio, Georgia and Oklahoma are Tuesday's biggest players.

Jendrysik says if Mitt Romney wins those states, he would likely be the GOP nominee. But he says anything can happen.

"If Senator Santorum wins Ohio, and Tennessee, and speaker Gingrich wins Georgia then all bets are off because it still shows that they are still viable candidates," Jendrysik said.

Because of North Dakota's small population and track record for voting Republican, candidates are not expected to spend a lot of time and money here. And North Dakota delegates going to the Republican National Convention are not bound to vote for certain candidate based on Tuesday's outcome.

So, best guess on who will be the winner in North Dakota? Professor Robert Wood has his money on Romney.

"The practicality of North Dakota voters will win out and they will say to themselves 'which one of these candidate will go up strongly against Obama in the fall?' That leads me to favor Romney," Wood said.

The winners should be announced by 10 p.m. Tuesday.

Voting in Grand Forks will take place at the Ramada Inn on North 43rd St.

To see a full list of all voting locations state-wide, visit www.ndgop.org/caucus and don't forget your photo ID. Polls open 5:30 at all locations across the state and they close at 8:00.

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